December cheese, butter production up on year

December cheese, butter production up on year

U.S. cheese and butter production during December 2023 were up on the year.

The USDA says total cheese output climbed nearly 1% from December 2022 to 1.21 billion pounds, with fractional gains for both Italian and American type cheeses, at 509.533 million and 488.063 million pounds, respectively, and a 19.7% jump for Hispanic type cheeses, trying to meet demand expectations.

Butter production shot 4.4% higher to 196.32 million pounds as retailers looked to refill their coolers after the winter holidays and ahead of the spring holidays.


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